Small Group Homes

Small group homes are a form of alternative care that provide a supportive residential environment for a small group of children and young people who lack adequate family care. These homes aim to offer temporary alternative care to children and young people in a family-like setting where they live together under the supervision of trained and qualified caregivers. Efforts are intensified to reintegrate the children and young people with their biological families.


Characteristics of this service include:

  1. Home Environment: The homes are designed to provide a family-like atmosphere, with shared spaces and individual or shared bedrooms for the children.
  2. Specialized Caregivers: Care is provided by trained and qualified caregivers who offer emotional, psychological, and social support to the children.
  3. Diverse Support Programs: Small group homes include educational, training, and recreational programs aimed at developing children's skills and helping them reach their full potential.
  4. Continuous Support and Follow-Up: Ongoing support is provided to the children, including healthcare and psychological care, to ensure all their needs are met.

The small group home service is based on several principles:

  1. Providing Temporary Alternative Care: Offer necessary care and protection to children and young people and work towards reintegrating them with their biological and extended families.
  2. Creating a Supportive and Safe Environment: Establish a home-like environment where children can feel secure and stable.
  3. Promoting Social and Emotional Growth: Support children in developing their social and emotional skills through interaction with caregivers and other children in the group.
  4. Providing Specialized Care: Offer temporary care with a focus on supporting children and young people during transitional periods (e.g., reintegration with the biological family, transition to independence, or another care setting).

Goals of Small Group Homes Service:

  1. Family-Like Environment: Provide an environment similar to the child or young person's own family and community, with a focus on maintaining contact with their biological or extended family.
  2. Developing Social Skills: Help children develop their social skills through interaction with peers and caregivers.
  3. Individualized Care: Offer personalized care to each child based on their specific needs, enhancing their healthy growth and development.
  4. Enhancing Self-Confidence and Independence: Encourage children to develop self-confidence and independence through participation in daily activities and decision-making related to their lives.

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